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2012.03.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Eta Sigma Gamma to Host 18th Annual Bell Tower Challenge April 4

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, the national health education honorary, will hold its 18th Annual Bell Tower Challenge for the Food Bank for the Heartland Wednesday April 4 at noon.

Every year the Bell Tower Challenge features teams of three people stacking cans as UNO’s Henningson Memorial Campanile, located on UNO's Dodge Street Campus, plays at noon. Teams compete for awards including “Most Creative Team,” “Most Enthusiastic Team” and “Team that Stacks the Most Cans” in both student or faculty and staff categories.

This year, to coincide with UNO being given an Honorable Mention towards becoming a Bike Friendly Campus, the Bell Tower Challenge will include a "Wheels for Meals" component, which will feature participants riding their bikes to Elmwood Park to pick up canned food items from Wolhner's Neighborhood Grocery and Deli. There will be three locations to pick up food between 10 and 11:45 a.m.:

Elmwood Park Grotto - Canned tuna
Elmwood Park Monument (near the Pavillion) - Canned vegetables
Elmwood Fitness Park - Canned fruit

After collecting the food from the designated locations at Elmwood Park, cyclists will transport it back to the Henningson Memorial Campanille where food will be used by the teams that will compete in the traditional event.

“There is a great demand for food for people in our community. For the past 17 years the Bell Tower Challenge has been a way to have fun and to help others at the same time,” said David Corbin, emeritus professor of health education and founder of the event.

This year's Bell Tower Challenge coincides with National Public Health Week. With the slogan, “A Healthier America Begins Today,” the cycling portion of the Bell Tower challenge encourages students to get some exercise all for a good cause.

Since its inception 46,840 pounds of food has been donated to the Food Bank for the Heartland. The goal is to have the total reach a total of 50,000 pounds. Visit www.unomaha.edu/esg/BT.html for the contest rules and photos from years past. Entry forms can be found at www.unomaha.edu/esg/BTentry.html.

For more information, contact Aja Kneip at (402) 554.2670 or akneip@unomaha.edu or call Dr. Corbin at (402) 690.9134.

Belltower Challenge 2009 Belltower Challenge 2009
Photos Courtesy of David Corbin

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